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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Voice: 505-785-2232

The basic tour through Carlsbad Cavern is the Big Room route, a one-mile, self-guided underground walk around the perimeter of the largest room in the cave, the Big Room. The Cavern Audio Guide notably enhances the tour. Taking approximately one hour, this circular route passes many large and famous features including Bottomless Pit, Giant Dome, Rock of Ages, and Painted Grotto. Highly decorated and immense, the Big Room should be seen by all park visitors. Access to the Big Room is provided by elevators located in the visitor center. The relatively level and well-lighted trails make this the ideal tour for visitors with limited time or walking difficulties. Most of the Big Room is accessible to people using wheelchairs, an access guide is available at the visitor center information desk. Baby strollers are not permitted in any part of the cave. Bring a baby backpack if you need to carry your child.

Established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef, the park contains more than 100 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave—the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet (478m) and fourth longest.

Carlsbad Cavern, with one of the world's largest underground chambers and countless formations, is highly accessible, with a variety of tours offered year-round.



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